The wrestling team has been working hard to stay in shape in order to make weight for the upcoming season.
Boone Roycraft, senior wrestler, is in the 157-weight class this season.
Roycraft admitted that it is initially difficult to change his diet in preparation for wrestling season. The first couple of weeks are a struggle to fight cravings, but he eventually adapts.
“We have to be smart about what we eat, like drinking water instead of soda. It’s not so bad for me because I gave up soda a few years ago, but I know for some guys giving up sweets can be hard,” Roycraft said.
As a senior, Roycraft would like the wrestling team to win conference and is looking forward to competing against UW-Whitewater this season.
Roycraft’s teammate, Joey Seitz, is a junior in the 141-weight class.
Seitz avoids fast food and greasy food to make weight.
“Once you start cutting and having to practice it’s really draining, but you have to make sure you do it the right way and eat the right things,” Seitz said.
Seitz described the team as close and believes having mental toughness plays a big role in wrestling. Seitz is looking forward to matching up against UW-Lacrosse, after having lost to them last season.
“If we wrestle to our full potential this year, we should be able to be conference champions,” Seitz said.
Johnny Johnson has been the head coach for the University Wisconsin-Stevens Point wrestling team for 19 years.
According to Johnson, the last time the team took home a conference title was in 1997.
Johnson has worked with many wrestlers and enjoyed seeing the alumni return to the univeristy for the alumni dual, which happens every other year, on Oct. 14.
During the dual, UWSP alumni wrestled against members of the current team. Recent graduates came back as well as graduates from 1971 and 1972.
The dual was a good kick-off for the upcoming season and Johnson is excited that 17 new wrestlers have joined the team.
“We stay on a good weightlifting program throughout the season, and we really concentrate on our guys having lean muscle mass while they compete,” Johnson said.
The team will begin their season wrestling against the University of Dubuque on Nov. 12.